The first time I heard the above saying was at a high school football game, when the home team was down and it looked like they were going to be out. The coach told his players they had to do something big if they wanted to pull off a win, and they had nothing to lose at that point, so “go big if you go at all. Otherwise, let’s just admit we’re a bunch of losers and head back to the locker room right now.” To be honest, I don’t remember which team won that game. But I remembered those words.
They came back to me when I was a young soldier and was offered the opportunity to volunteer for paratrooper school. I remember the sergeant who came to talk to us about airborne school, with his spit shined jump boots and silver paratroopers wings. And I remember him asking, “If you’re going to be in the Army, why not be the best?”
That philosophy applies to a lot of things in life. If you are going to do something, do it all the way. If you are going to take up a new hobby, learn all you can about it and jump in with both feet. If you are going to buy something, buy the very best you can afford. Any mechanic or carpenter will tell you that the investment you make in quality tools will pay off long-term over buying junk at half the price.
For years, both in and out of the military, I was a firearms instructor, and at one time I owned a retail gun shop. More than once someone has sought my advice about purchasing a weapon for home defense, and asked me if it’s really worth the extra money for a quality gun like a Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, or Glock when they can buy a lesser-known brand for a lot less money. My standard answer has always been to ask them, “How much is your life worth? Because if I’m going to trust a gun to keep me alive, I want the very best one I can have in my hand.”
Terry reminded me of that just yesterday. As most of you know, Steve, my computer, has been giving me fits. After picking my buddy Greg White‘s brain about what would be the best replacement for Steve, I ordered a new Dell computer from Amazon. Actually, I ordered it twice, and both times, even though I received order confirmations, I then got a follow-up e-mail saying that there was a problem and they could not ship the item I ordered.
I talked to someone in their customer service department yesterday, who told me that there seems to be some sort of snafu where some computers and accessories they show as being in stock aren’t there when they go to ship, while items they don’t think they have in stock are there. He didn’t seem to know when it would be resolved.
I started looking at other places to buy a computer locally, but nothing really had the resources that Greg recommended. That’s when Terry suggested I just go directly to Dell’s website, and custom order exactly what I wanted, not just the bare minimum to get by. I told her that was going to cost a lot more money than what I was looking at on Amazon, and she told me basically the same thing, go big if you’re going to go at all.
Well, her actual words were, “Stop being so damn cheap. It’s the tool you use to earn our living, so order the best thing you can get.” Then she reminded me that our accountant has told me several times that we need to spend some money on business related items and travel, or else we can give it to Uncle Sam come tax time.
So I got online, spec’d out a pretty awesome computer, then I sent the info to Greg for him to double check for me, since there a lot of technical terms that I just don’t understand. Once he gets back to me, I’ll place an order.
As for Steve, apparently he knew what I was up to, so yesterday he worked pretty well all day long, and even with all my research online on computer options, I still managed to get out about 3,000 words in my new John Lee Quarrels book. I know what you’re up to, Steve, and it’s not going to work. We’ve played this game before. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – 80% of friendship with me is just reassuring me that I don’t look all that fat.